Editorials

Not just another day at the office

They say no good deed goes unpunished. But what if the deeds weren’t good at all? The New York attorney general’s office is no stranger to going after charities that have behaved badly. But current Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s extensive, extraordinary lawsuit against the ...

Realistic legislation needed

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Billing the poor protestors

If you want to come to Albany to protest the injustices of poverty, you’ll want to have money, not to mention an appreciation for irony. Demonstrators calling themselves the Poor People’s Campaign have been staging a series of protests in New York’s capital city for the past several ...

We know a coverup

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Giving hearts define us

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

The nation needs new immigration laws

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...

Everyone should vote

“If young people decide to go out there and vote, we have the power to affect what the government does. We could have a big impact.” So said Nestor Aguilera, a 20-year-old Indiana University business major from Elkhart, Indiana. Aguilera’s simple statement pretty much tells it like it ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To the fast response of the Gloversville police, fire and public works departments to the major fuel spill on East Fulton Street on Wednesday. Fulton County Civil Defense and Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria praised the first responders to the scene for their quick actions, which ...

No one is showing class

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Stakes are higher now

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

The STAR Act is right on

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children whose ...

Feelings not shared by all

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Wrong message sent out

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

Reckoning with Facebook’s power

When the government broke up the telephone system in 1984, the fact that AT&T could count most citizens as customers and that it was arguably the best-run telephone company in the world was not deemed compelling enough to preserve its monopoly power. The breakup would unleash a wave of ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To a successful start of the summer season for The Glove Theatre. Last weekend, the Beatles tribute band “Hey Jude” played to a packed theater on a Friday night with more than 250 people attending. (That is 250 people who probably would have lingered longer and spent more money if ...

Combatting phone scams

“Hello?” “Who is this?” “Please stop calling me.” Versions of this conversation are all-too common these days as people continue to be inundated with bothersome telephone calls from telemarketers, survey takers, bill collectors and, yes, scam artists. While the first three ...

Only a few days to make a difference

Eight years ago, Andrew Cuomo stood on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan - named for the infamous Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall - and vowed to end corruption in Albany if voters elected him governor. Eight years later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running for a third term, and Albany is ...

It too, can rest in hallowed ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Doing the right thing

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

Money can buy immunity

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...